Andrea Radrizzani update on Leeds United does not sound much like 'goodbye', says Phil Hay
Andrea Radrizzani does not sound like he is saying goodbye to Leeds United in his latest update, says the Athletic reporter Phil Hay.
It has been a week of turmoil at Elland Road, where relegation was followed by the news Radrizzani was leading a consortium that has agreed a deal to buy Italian club Sampdoria.
Rumours then began that Radrizzani would sell his remaining shares in Leeds to 49ers Enterprise, but an official statement shared on Twitter by the Italian gave little indication he is about to sell.
“We have made significant investments to try to keep Leeds United in the Premier League, but in working hard to improve the club, we have also obviously made some mistakes. We are reflecting on the decisions that we have taken to ensure we learn the lessons to improve our club and make progress in the future,” he wrote.
“Leeds supporters deserve more than this. You understand the journey on which we have embarked, and I hope that once the anger and disappointment has subsided you will see that we can come back stronger. We have invested heavily in Leeds United since 2017 and worked hard to get back to where the club deserves to be. With the support of our partners, we can continue that journey to bounce back.
“I do not like to make false promises, there is still a lot of work to do and change is needed. We need a clear strategy to continue our vision for the club and work is underway to produce this which we hope will be reflected in the some key appointments in different areas of the club. We will keep you all updated throughout the process.”
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Hay quote Tweeted Radrizzani’s statement and wrote: “This doesn’t sound much like ‘goodbye’.”
Not the statement Leeds fans wanted to see
It has been a long, long week for Leeds United fans…and it hasn’t finished yet!
A 4-1 defeat at home to Tottenham on Sunday (28 May) confirmed their inevitable relegation to the Championship and only two days later news broke that their owner had struck a deal to take over at Sampdoria.
Conflicting reports then emerged about Radrizzani and his intention to sell his remaining shares to the 49ers Enterprise.
Fans of course are pretty desperate to see the back of Radrizzani, who has overseen a shambolic operation this season – investing poorly the money gained from selling Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.
The hope was, well still is really, that Radrizzani will decide to cash in his chips and new owners will come in to oversee a new dawn and appoint a new long-term manager following the disappointing four-game reign of Sam Allardyce.
But Hay is right, the latest development from Radrizzani does not exactly suggest he is packing up his Elland Road office.